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Especially during the Cultural Revolution in China: an observable tendency to adopt political ideals and practices leading towards capitalism.
1950s; earliest use found in Peking People's Daily. From capitalist + road, after Chinese zībĕn zhŭyì dàolù from zībĕn zhŭyì capitalism, lit. ‘doctrine of capital’ + dàolù road; often contrasted with shèhuì zhŭyì dàolù road of socialism, socialist road.
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